When Steve Fairchild was fired at Colorado State after posting a 3-9 record this season, his sophomore quarterback, Peter Thomas, had a pretty good idea the 2011 season might be his last as a Ram as well. Now, one month after the firing of his coach, Thomas is officially transferring, but has not yet decided on a destination.
"With the coaching change (at Colorado State), I was ready to look elsewhere," Thomas said. "I'm just going to take my time, look around, assess all my options, and try to find the right fit for me."
Now, having made the decision to transfer, the San Diego native has returned home to his southern California roots as he contemplates the decision. As far as what factors and schools he is considering, the former three star prospect out of El Cajon is playing it close to the vest.
"I'm talking to a few schools, but I want to keep it private," Thomas said. "I don't really want to make this a public transfer or anything like that. I kind of just want to take my time, look at all the options, and then figure out which school is the best fit for me."
As we reported earlier this week, the three leaders for Thomas are thought to be UCLA, North Carolina State, and Florida State at this time, along with the possibility of Vanderbilt, although he declined to mention any of the schools talking to him. He did say that he doesn‘t consider proximity to home to be an important factor. He also doesn't have a time table for the decision.
"It could be any time," Thomas said. "It could be a few weeks or a few months. I'm a transfer, so I have a little more leeway (than a high school recruit) in how long I can take to make a decision.
"I know it's general, but I just want to find the right fit for me. That includes coaches, playing time, everything."
Thomas was originally committed to ASU out of high school, but ended up decommitting from the Sun Devils when offensive coordinator Rich Olson was fired in December 2009, and committing to Colorado State that same month. Thomas, whose commitment to the Rams came about a month before Noel Mazzone was hired as ASU's offensive coordinator, said he liked the overall fit of Colorado State.
"I really just liked the coaching staff and just the opportunity to compete for the starting job as a freshman, which is what I wanted to do," Thomas said. "So I got the opportunity to do that there (which I wouldn't have had at ASU). I liked Coach Fairchild as well, and Fort Collins is a great town."
Thomas was a two year starter for the Rams, throwing for a combined 18 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in his two full seasons. This past season, he sprained his left knee in the Rams' 9th game and sat out the remainder of the season. The knee injury did not require surgery.
Under NCAA transfer rules, if Thomas transfers to another FBS school, he will have to sit out the year. He would next be eligible to play in 2013 as a redshirt junior.
Thomas Talks on Transfer
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